Monday 20 November 2017

Editorial: No better place than LA to showcase best of Irish theatre

The Edge and Bono arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP
The Edge and Bono arrive at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Photo: John Shearer/Invision/AP

With the Golden Globes already over and other 'red carpet' events like the Oscars due in the coming weeks, it is good to know that the Hollywood cultural invasion is not all one-way traffic. This week, Barry McGovern's tour-de-force 'I'll Go On', based on the works of Samuel Beckett, opened in Los Angeles, where it runs until early February.

It is the first Gate Theatre production in the city, and in the coming weeks it will hopefully act as a showcase for Irish theatre and culture in general.

Although it may be difficult to imagine what an LA audience will make of the strange world of Samuel Beckett, there can be no doubt that McGovern, who first performed the show in the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1985, is a world-class interpreter of one of the 20th Century's greatest playwrights.

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